Certificate in Acting

Learn more about the undergraduate certificate in Acting.

The Certificate in Acting allows undergraduates from other disciplines to pursue their interest in acting. For myriad reasons, interested undergraduates pursue a major outside of Theater and the performing arts, but their passion for acting remains from experiences in middle school and high school productions, clubs, camps and childhood. The Certificate in Acting allows a student to continue acting training with professional actors and faculty from the Department of Theater at Temple University and the rich theatrical community of Philadelphia. Skills acquired from the Certificate in Acting complement requisite expertise in most professions. Confidence in public speaking and presentation, creativity, collaboration, professionalism and empathy are just some of the qualities enhanced through the study of acting.

As part of this program, Theater offers the undergraduate Certificate in Acting on the Main Campus only. The certificate consists of a four-course, 12-credit sequence.

Students must be concurrently enrolled in a baccalaureate degree and the certificate to earn the certificate.

Students interested in declaring this certificate in the Department of Theater can do so by submitting a Change of Program Request form to a TFMA Advisor (https://arts.temple.edu/about/center-performing-and-cinematic-arts-academic-advising). If approved, the form will be submitted electronically to the Office of the University Registrar. In 3 to 5 business days, the request will be processed and then visible within Self-Service Banner (Student Information).

To seek assistance in monitoring their progress with the certificate declared, students are asked to meet with David Ingram (dingra@temple.edu, 215-204-6257). Meetings should take place regularly from the time of declaration to applying for graduation within their home school/college.


A grade of C- or higher must be earned in all required courses.

THTR 1211Fundamentals of Acting3
Select one of the following:3
Basic Movement
Dance for the Actor
Voice for the Actor
Speech for the Actor
Select one of the following:3
Poetry as Performance
Acting for Commercials, Industrials and Voice-Overs
Select one of the following:3
Acting Styles
Acting for Commercials, Industrials and Voice-Overs
Total Credit Hours12